Incoming! An osprey comes in for a landing to its nest on Blue Cypress Lake, Florida. Canon 1dxmkii, EF 400mm f/r DO + 2xTCiii at 800mm, 1/2000 sec at f/8.0, ISO 640, hand held, spot metering, manual mode.
Over 300 votes have been tallied and the names are:
Hardeman for our new Red-tailed Hawk
Hemlock for our new Barred Owl
Otus for our new Eastern Screech Owl
TRC now has 13 permanent avian residents. These birds can't be released back into the wild because of injuries that would prevent them from being successful hunters or because they were bred in captivity. They serve as ambassadors for their species, allowing visitors a unique learning experience. These residents don’t know their own names and they are not pets, but naming our birds serves an important function. TRC’s team of avian ambassadors now has three duplicate species so giving them names helps the staff and volunteers keep them straight. Names are also a teaching tool to help people learn something about the bird's natural history or background.